2019: #12 – Shadow & Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

I had low expectations for this series, but ended up being pleasantly surprised! Alina is a mapmaker for the King’s army, and her childhood best friend Mal is a scout with unusual abilities. They grew up together in an orphanage, where they were both evaluated for powers by the Grisha when they were young. Since (it appeared) neither had Grisha abilities (such as the ability

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2018: #18 – All the Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater)

Magical realism usually isn’t my thing, but I enjoyed this more than I expected to. This is mostly the story of the Soria family, who invite travelers to their Colorado desert compound and then perform miracles. These aren’t the traditional sort of miracles, because before one can be healed, they must work through their darkness, which often manifests itself in some strange physical abnormality. For

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